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Dr. Nancy J. Bell

Nancy J. Bell, Ph.D.
Human Development and Family Studies
(806)834-0263 - Office 606

Northwestern University, 1973

Professor, Human Development and Family Studies


Developmental theory, identity processes, narrative, adolescence.

Recent Publications:

Bell, N.J. (2009).  Making connections:  Considering the dynamics of narrative stability from a relational approach.  Narrative Inquiry, 19, 280-306. 

Watson, W.K., Bell, N.J., & Stelle, C. (2010).  Women narrate later-life remarriage: Negotiating the cultural to create the personal.  Journal of Aging Studies, 24, 302-    312. 

Bell, N.J., & Das, A. (2011).  Emergent organization in the dialogical self:  Evolution of    a “both” ethnic identity position. Culture & Psychology, 17, 263-277.    

Baron, E., Bell, N.J., Corson, K., Kostina-Ritchey, E., & Frederick, H. (2012).  Girls discuss choice of an all-girl middle school:  Narrative analysis of an early adolescent identity project.  Journal of Early Adolescence, 32, 464-487.    

Bell, N.J. (2013).  Dialogical processes of self-transformation:  The sample case of eating disorder recovery.  Identity, 13, 46-72.

Bell, N.J.  (2013).  Rhythm and semiotic structures of long-term ambivalence in the dialogical self: Eating disorder and recovery voices. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 26,. 280-292.

Bell, N.J., Corson, K., & Baron, E. (2014).  Contingent resistances methodology:  Analyzing resistance in parents’ and daughters’ choice of an all-girl middle school. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 24, 153-166. 

Bell, N.J., Baron, E., Corson, K., Kostina-Ritchey, E., & Frederick, H. (2014).  Parent-     adolescent decision making:  Embracing dialogical complexity.  Journal of Family Issues, 35, 1780-1799. 

Bell, N.J. (in press).  Dialogically-Based Approaches to “With” and “About” the Other:    Thoughts on Carl Rogers’ Dilemma.  Theory & Psychology.  (Published online 9/2/14).